packing a carry-on for three
The last time I flew with a child was a year ago. I was 8 weeks pregnant and Ben was just turning two and I had three other adults to help. Tomorrow I'm flying from Oakland to Chicago with the two boys. Ben's nearly three years old and Owen's three months. And I'm doing it alone.
Insert deer-in-headlights emoticon!
I'm actually pretty excited about it. I haven't been to Chicago in years, and we're spending a night in Evanston, so I'll get to show Nick and the kids around Northwestern, my college alma mater. We're spending a week on Lake Michigan with a bunch of friends, which will be awesome. The trip out there is going to be challenging, but it'll be well worth it.
I'm carrying a double umbrella stroller, a backpack and two kids onto the plane. I want to be prepared for sure, but I don't want to go overboard. I decided to take my triathlon backpack because it's comfortable to carry, it's roomy and it has a ton of pockets and compartments. I'm not exactly sure how this works if, say, I have to go to the bathroom. I'm sure I'll figure it out!
As of right now, here's what's in my carry-on bag:
a Clif bar (for a snack) + some sour gummy worms (for morale)
an extra clean t-shirt (in case of a spit-up or blow-out situation)
fully-charged iPhone loaded up with podcasts and music
phone charger + earbuds
favorite lip balm (eos)
antibacterial wipes for cleaning armrests, seatbelts and tray tables
laptop completely shut down inside a sleeve (I'll pack the charger)
contact lens case with solution + glasses (just in case)
large ziplock bags for dirty clothes and corralling like-items
for the toddler
favorite blanket (known as "medit" in our house)
full change of clothes including extra undies
3-4 little cars and/or trains
iPad loaded up with toddler-friendly shows
sippy cup or water bottle
snacks (applesauce pouches, goldfish and fruit snacks)
crayons and a mini-notepad or coloring book
a small packet of wipes for hands and face
for the baby
Aden and Anais blanket
Ergo baby carrier
burp cloths (he's a happy spitter)
bottle, formula + bottle of water
nursing cover (just in case - still nursing, just hoping not to on the plane)
a package of wipes for diaper changes
two extra onesies for spit-up situations
two pacifiers with clips
Am I missing anything? Please comment and let me know! Happy weekending, and safe travels this summer!